“I fly for pie,” says the sign in front of the Chilliwack Airport. A rhyming sign for pie? It was calling out to me, so I convinced my co-workers they HAD to stop for refreshments.
Run by three sisters, the Airport Coffee Shop is a friendly place frequented by regulars. “I fly for pie” alludes to the pilots who land there for dessert.
Windows look out onto the tarmac on one side, where you can watch the planes, and framed photos of vintage aircraft line another wall.
The coffee shop makes 60 different kinds of pies ($3.99-$4.99 per piece). Magnets with the names of all the homemade pies are stuck on the side of a big fridge in the kitchen. Flavours available that day, as well as cheesecakes ($5.50 per piece), are on a whiteboard out front.
My Saskatoon berry pie ($4.50) had a ridiculously light and flaky crust, but was surprisingly not very sweet. The berry filling oozed deliciously out of the middle.
Lisa’s double chocolate cheesecake ($5.50) was huge and topped with fresh whipped cream. We almost got her a mud pie ($5.99) because she wanted something chocolatey but the ice cream center wouldn’t have survived the drive. Thank goodness we didn’t because we saw a piece get served while we were waiting in the cafe and it was about three layers high and the size of a dinner plate.
We got the clubhouse to go and it was ready super quick for us to hit the road. It’s the good kind, with thick slices of real turkey and ham, not processed deli slices.
Airport Coffee Shop, 46244 Airport Rd., Chilliwack, B.C. (604) 792-0814. Open daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m.